Purple Cone Flowers From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

New Freedom, PA
Question by coconutteleg
June 10, 2000
How difficult is it to start purple cone flowers from seed? What is the best way to do this?


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Answer from NGA
June 10, 2000

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The easiest way to propagate a favorite purple cone flower (Echinacea purpurea) is probably by division of an existing plant, but seeds are not terribly difficult -- they will often self seed in the garden. Standard seed starting procedures would apply, using a small pan of barely dampened soilless mix covered with plastic wrap and set in a bright spot out of direct sun. The soil temperature should be about 70 degrees. If the seeds do not germinate within a month, chill them for two to four weeks and then try again.

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